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SFSU Speech and Debate team available to discuss first presidential debate



Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Award-winning students to watch debate on campus, then discuss each candidate's performance

The nationally ranked, award-winning San Francisco State University Speech and Debate team will be available to provide analysis of the first televised debate between presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry.

The team, made up of a diverse group of students from varied backgrounds, will watch the debate live from campus and then discuss each candidate's performance.

Earlier this year, the Speech and Debate team brought home the first-place trophy for sweepstakes in the Western region and ranked 24th nationally at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament held in Louisville, Ky. The team finished ahead of such competitors as Stanford University, Northwestern University, University of Southern California and Georgetown University.

SFSU has won many debates and individual events over the years, including the 2001 National Forensics Association championship in duo oral interpretation. The team defeated Stanford last year, Dartmouth in 2002 and Harvard in 2001.


  • About 8 to 20 members of the SFSU Speech and Debate team; and
  • Coach Shawn Whalen, an expert on political, education and public policy debates; argumentation theory and practice; and public speaking.

6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004

Humanities Auditorium, room 133 of the Humanities building, on the SFSU campus, located at 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th Avenue) in San Francisco.


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